Development Engineering

Development Engineering serves the needs of the citizens of Puyallup by providing professional engineering services to the community.

We are dedicated to providing a professional environment with a high level of responsiveness to our citizens, developers and consultants. Importance is placed on protecting the public health, safety and welfare of our neighborhoods, providing a safe and reliable transportation system for all and improving the quality of life for our residents and visitors.

The goal of Development Engineering is to actively promote the community’s economic development and quality of life by providing thorough, accurate and timely review of project permit applications and to maintain an exceptional permit application process that is clear, concise and consistent.

All development applications submitted on or after July 1, 2022, must comply with the 2019 Stormwater Management Manual for Western Washington (SWMMWW).

Important notice about projects permitted under earlier versions of the SWMMWW.

Per requirements, in Puyallup’s Phase 2 Municipal Stormwater Permit (effective date August 1, 2019) projects, that have vesting rights per Washington state vesting doctrine*, and were applied for under the 2014 SWMMWW prior to July 1, 2022 that have not **started construction by January 1, 2027, and projects permitted under earlier versions of the SWMMWW that have not **started construction by January 1, 2022, must be revised to comply with the requirements of the 2019 SWMMWW, or subsequent versions as directed by state regulations. Revisions will need to be approved by Development and Permitting Services, or its successor agency prior to construction. 

 **“started construction” means, the site work associated with, and directly related to the approved project is at a stage where rough grading is complete, or utilities are installed. For rough grading to be considered complete, elevations are within 1 foot of final design elevations.

*Applications that do not have vesting ability per Washington State vested right doctrine must have had permit issuance prior to July 1, 2022 (and start construction prior to January 1, 2027) to continue to utilize the 2014 SWMMWW for development.  Vested rights only apply to applications such as building permit, short plat or Major subdivision applications and development agreements.  For more information regarding Washington State vesting rights doctrine, please follow the following link: MRSC Washington State vesting.